Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion Unit

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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63 pages
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Provide your students with a more complete understanding of rhetorical analysis with a variety of concept overviews, practice activities, complementary assignments and assessments. This product is included in my AP Language and Composition Bundle for a reduced price. Please don’t buy this item in addition to the bundle as it is already included.

This resource is organized in the following sections:

Rhetorical Analysis with an overview of rhetoric using the SOAPSTone method, a practice activity and an analysis activity of a Colbert Report segment.

Tone Analysis with an overview of tone and language, practice activities, Lincoln's "Second Inaugural Address" reading and a tone analysis activity for Lincoln’s speech.

Rhetorical Devices with an overview of devices and a rhetorical devices analysis activity for Lincoln’s speech.

Appeals and Logical Fallacies with an overview of appeals and fallacies, practice activities, Nixon’s “Checkers” reading with a link and an analysis activity for Nixon’s speech.

Visual Persuasion with an overview of visuals and a visual argument assignment.

Assessment Options with a rhetorical analysis essay assignment, a persuasive essay assignment, a mini magazine/newspaper project and a 15 question multiple choice and short answer test. Rubrics and peer editing handouts included.

Also includes teacher notes and a variety of graphic organizers that may be used with teacher-selected texts.

This unit is broken up into two smaller activity packs for greater flexibility; **this unit already contains both sets linked below, so please don’t purchase both:**Rhetorical Analysis Activity Pack
Rhetorical Devices, Appeals and Logical Fallacies Mini-Unit

This unit would be well-suited for an AP Language and Composition Course, an Informational Texts unit, an Argumentation/Debate Unit or a Composition Unit.
Total Pages
63 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


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